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OCR Psychology for A Level: Book 1 Student Book

Author(s): Cara Flanagan, Philip Banyard, Caroline Farnsworth, Rob Liddle

awarding body: OCR

level: A Level & AS

isbn: 978-1-911208-18-1

subject: Psychology

Pages: 384pp



Using the unique Illuminate approach to OCR Psychology, Book 1 and 2 cover the whole A Level specification. 

Written by Cara Flanagan and a team of highly experienced authors, teachers and examiners, both Student Books are endorsed by OCR, offering high-quality support you can trust. 


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Endorsed by OCR, Book 1 covers AS Level and covers research methods and all 20 core studies

Includes the full range of areas, perspectives, debates and methodological issues

Follows the spread-by-spread approach so that learning can be broken down into week-by-week topics

Retains the popular ‘nutshell’ presentation of each core study to enable students to grasp the study quickly and provides the perfect basis for revision, followed by a full version closely following the article, then finishing with an evaluation of the core study and self assessment questions

The content of each spread is specifically tailored to exam requirements

Designed to motivate students of all abilities with a stunning visual style your students will love

Plenty of practical ideas and activities are included for class and homework exercises

Assessment support includes guidance on the practical application questions, self-assessment and plenty of practice questions

Exam preparation is supported across the book with advice and practice for practical application and core studies questions with example questions, student answers with teacher comments



Chapter 1 Research Methods

Chapter 2 Social psychology             

Chapter 3 Cognitive psychology

Chapter 4 Developmental psychology

Chapter 5 Biological psychology

Chapter 6 Individual differences       

Chapter 7 Areas, perspectives and debates


About the authors:

Cara Flanagan is a well-known and respected author for A Level Psychology. An expert teacher with examining experience and a well-known conference presenter, Cara is renowned for creating resources that students love to use.

Phil Banyard is Reader in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.  He wrote the original OCR specification and was Chief Examiner for 14 years.  Phil has been involved in GCSE and A Level Psychology education for many years.

Caroline Farnsworth is an experienced senior examiner for a major awarding body.  She has been teaching for over 20 years in a wide variety of schools and examines for several awarding bodies.  Caroline is currently Head of Psychology at Holy Trinity School, Kidderminster.  She is passionate about encouraging her students to love psychology and for them to achieve the best results of which they are capable.

Rob Liddle has more than twenty years' teaching experience in psychology, from GCSE to postgraduate study.  A psychology graduate with a Masters in Organisational Psychology, Rob is an established author and experienced examiner.


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